Food Finders Food Bank Inc

Rating: 4.79 stars   71 reviews

Address:

50 Olympia Ct Lafayette IN 47909 USA

Mission:

Food Finders Food Bank works to eliminate hunger in mid-north Indiana by locating food and other nonfood items that might otherwise be wasted and redirecting them to nonprofit agencies that serve low-income Hoosiers.

Geographic areas served:

Mid-North Indiana

Programs:

BackPack Program, Summer Food Service Program, Mobile Pantry Program

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have now volunteered for a number of days at Food Finders. I find this organization is very well organized and managed with the focus on delivering food to where the need is.

I am proud to say I volunteer and work with this organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This week I had the opportunity to dedicate some of my time at the local Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. in Lafayette, IN. Food Finders is responsible for distributing food not only to Tippecanoe county, but to fifteen surrounding counties in Indiana as well. The program is funded by the United Way, grants, foundations, corporate sponsors, USDA, and private donors. These organizations help Food Finders distribute more than 7 million pounds of food annually to non profit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout North-Central Indiana. They do this through a variety of programs. The Agency Partner Program is responsible for providing the single largest source of food for over 160 hunger relief agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters. The mobile pantry outreach program has a “farmers market” style distribution. Food Finders takes a truck load of food across the central 16 counties to efficiently reach the Hoosiers who need it most. The Senior Grocery Program provides for seniors who are in need and have special dietary restrictions. This helps if they are unable to utilize certain food resources such as pantries and soup kitchens or if they have mobility issues. Another helpful outreach initiative is the Backpack Program. Shockingly every 1 out of 5 kids in Indiana alone struggles with hunger. Even with free or reduced lunch programs, these children have no food on the weekends. This program dedicates a backpack of food so the children have something to eat between Friday afternoon and Monday morning. Food Finders is responsible for over 4,000 backpacks each week. A majority of these programs are not possible without the help of volunteers.
Walking in to Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. I was not aware of the impact a single person can make in an organization such as this. First, I was introduced to a few staff members and about 8 other volunteers ready to make a difference. My assignment for the day was to package Pinto beans from a large 2000 lb. sack, into smaller 2lb. portion sizes where the bag was then sealed and placed in a box ready to distribute. Before I began, I had to apply a disposable hair net, gloves, and even an apron. Although, the task was as easy as dividing and weighing this mass of beans into small 2lb. packages, I still felt that what I was doing could potentially be making an impact on someone’s life. By the end of the day I was solely responsible for about 100 bags of Pinto beans ready to be sent to people in need.
By participating in this service learning activity it opened my eyes to not only the hunger issues of the world, but the very issues that are happening right where I live. I am now aware that 20% of children in the state I was born and raised has issues getting one of the main necessities of life. This not only deeply saddened me about my fellow Hoosiers, but it also brought to light how important this issue is globally. If children in the United States are having trouble eating, I can only imagine the trouble this issue is causing on a global scale. I am thankful I never had to grow up with such a tragedy, but now I am aware the impact this holds with the rest of the world. I am thankful that I had an opportunity to make a difference even if it was only 100 bags of pinto beans. I hope that some day the people of the world can take a few hours out of their week to volunteer for a good cause like Food Finders.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I've volunteered here many times in the past few years, helping in both a warehouse and distribution setting. I always have a great experience. The instructions are very clear, the work is not too physically demanding, the people are very nice, and I always feel appreciated.

Signing up is easy (every time you sign up, you are committing to one day, one time, it is easy to cancel if you need to, and you can sign up for as many events as you want), and there are so many options for time slots and activities. There really is something for everyone.

I would recommend volunteering here to anyone. I have brought several of my friends along with me, and all of them have enjoyed the experience, too.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The first time I signed up to volunteer I did not know what to expect. Everyone at Food Finders is so genuinely nice and accommodating! The experience makes you want to keep coming back to volunteer again and again. Its a wonderful organization and I am so happy to be able to volunteer on site and look forward to meeting new volunteers each week. Food Finders makes the process of volunteering so easy. It's such a rewarding feeling to know you are helping others.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We have volunteered at several kinds of the activities with our children too: the organizers are always very helpful, organized and friendly. It makes the work of lifting and sharing easy and effective. We are so grateful to them each and every time. It is safe and friendly for families to get involved in the community.
Please keep up the great work.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I learned about Food Finders Food Bank through an email from my school, Purdue University. My first volunteer experience with this organization was that I walked into the room and saw three ladies working on a "cereal mountain." The atmosphere was very friendly and depended on team work, I was glad to be volunteering in an environment like this. The lady on a ladder at the top of the "cereal mountain" was Stacy. She welcomed me and helped me get started. From my first impression, Stacy is very informative, organized and a great manager. I definitely plan to volunteer in the future!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I began volunteering with Food Finders shortly after the passing of my older brother. He had, on occasion, needed the assistance. I have worked at the warehouse and my family of 7 worked a "Families Feeding Families" event. What really gets to me though is the Tuesday Whistle Stop, to be there with the people and show them kindness and a commitment to them; as someone once did to my brother. it means the world to me as I see the same faces each week and they know that someone cares. What I once did in honor of by brother, I now do for us both. I thank the volunteers and staff af Food Finders for their non-stop work in obtaining and delivering food and for being a presence in the lives of so many.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered on 3 occasions with the Lafayette FoodFinders. I thorougly enjoy my time there and everyone is very helpful and kind. I have been recruiting coworkers and friends to volunteer as well and we are trying to get a group scheduled.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for Food Finders at one of their mobile pantries, distributing food to those in need in our community. The organization, professionalism and care that Food Finders puts in to their methods shines through during this type of event. They were extremely coordinated, making it easy for us volunteers to participate and always have a role. The way they care for each individual as they go through the line shows they are dedicated to really serving the people and not themselves. There's nothing exciting about experiencing people in need, but Food Finders is a glimmer of hope to those that otherwise would be without nourishment for them and their families. It was a rewarding and enlightening experience and I am proud to have them in our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything they could do better, they truly have a great organization and it seems like their program only has room for expansion and growth.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Food Finders does a great job of obtaining, organizing, delivering, and distributing a lot of needed food to those who have limited incomes and food in our communities. The mobile, well-organized and refrigerated distribution centers (trucks!) are great resources to the communities. The coordinators are phenomenal at quickly organizing and employing volunteers from all walks of life into aiding in the distribution to those in need. I love working with this group!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

join it!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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